Rep. Mark Patterson. Innocent men never plead guilty?

So do innocent people plead guilty?  I’ve read comments from the public, one theme is repeated over and over, “innocent people do not plead guilty”.  But is that true?  Is it really true that every innocent person takes his case all the way through trial if the case is not dismissed by the prosecuting attorney? […]

Idaho’s Rape Law: Young Rapists Go Free?

In 2010 Idaho changed it’s Rape statute to decriminalize consensual sex between young lovers who are within 3 years of one another in age. So if a 19 year old boy has consensual sex with his 17 year old girlfriend, he cannot be charged with Rape. Prior to the change in the law, it would […]

Do juries get it wrong?

I am often surprised at how passionate people get about how wrong a jury verdict is when they know very little about the case. We often see great passion from the general public in verdicts like the infamous criminal trials like the O.J. Simpson trial. People will talk for hours about how wrong the jury […]

Criminal defendants with less money are more guilty?

One thing is for certain, the vast majority of those in custody in this country’s state prisons, or under supervision by the State, are of the lowest class when it comes to economic wealth. That fact is undisputed. Among those entering prison in the United States in 1991, about 70 percent earned less than $15,000 […]